Simon Sterchi is coming – what a dreadful SCB transfer balance

Sterchi, here on the left in the SCL Tigers jersey. Image: KEYSTONE

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Simon Sterchi is coming – what a dreadful SCB transfer balance

The sporting tour at SC Bern always surprises with wonderful transfers. Now the big SCB has managed to relax striker Simon Sterchi for SC Langenthal. Time to take stock of Swiss transfers with the reigning master.

The SCB is an ice hockey group with over 50 million sales a year. With the highest audience figures in Europe. With high sporting demands. We have to mention that. To classify the transfers correctly.

The latest transfer coup is called Simon Sterchi (25). A good striker in the Swiss League with one point per game last season. However, his father – radio and TV reporter Christoph Sterchi – may be more famous.

Simon Sterchi is moving to Bern for just over CHF 130,000 for a year. If he doesn’t prevail, Bern will borrow it. In this case Olten and not SC Langenthal should come into play. In this case, the Langenthalers have no corresponding agreement with the SCB. The Oltner had tried for Simon Sterchi, but could not keep up with the SCB offer. The SCB has long been the worst wage driver for average players.

Sterchi also played at La Chaux-de-Fonds for two seasons. Image: KEYSTONE

It is astonishing with this transfer: with Marc Kämpf (29) the SCB had a valuable additional player who had integrated well into the team in the past three years. But he didn’t want to stay anymore and returned to SC Langenthal.

We would like to repeat it again: The SCB is an ice hockey group with over 50 million sales a year. With the highest audience figures in Europe. With high sporting demands. We have to mention that. To classify the transfers correctly. There are transfers that we expect from the Lakers, Ambri or Langnau.

The offensive zero number Thierry Bader (22) comes from Davos. The two retired defenders Miro Zryd (25) and Thomas Thiry (22) switch from Zug to SCB. And from Biel comes the third-line striker Jan Neuenschwander (27), a good transfer in and of itself. But far too expensive.

We can also count goalkeeper Philip Wüthrich (22) among the transfers. The SCB had loaned him to Langenthal again this season. However, the sporting leadership in Bern only realized that Langenthal’s master goal of 2019 had a lot of talent when Biel also tried to get the SCB Junior last fall. And so the contract extension has become a few ten thousand francs more expensive.

With the commitments of Simon Sterchi, Thierry Bader, Miro Zryd, Thomas Thiry and Jan Neuenschwander, the SCB wasted a good 800,000 francs for supplementary players. An almost insane transfer strategy. The SCB runs one of the best youth organizations in the country. In fact, sometimes talents can slip through the eye of the needle to the first team (lately more or less convincing Yanik Burren and André Heim).

Yanik Burren made it into the first team of the SCB. Image: KEYSTONE

But too many SCB talents are looking for their luck in the competition: Marco Müller (Ambri) Joël Vermin, Christoph Bertschy, Etienne Froidevaux (Lausanne), Luca Hischier (Davos) or Pascal Berger (Langnau) – his less talented brother Alain Berger has that extended at SCB. What does SCB Thierry Bader and Thomas Thiry need if Mika Henauer, Colin Gerber or Jeremi Gerber are available from their own offspring for half the price?

It may be that it is more difficult for a top team for their own juniors to fight for a place. But it is unforgivable that the SCB is no longer there when the big transfer wheel is turned. When Grégory Hofmann is looking for a new challenge. Or when SCB juniors like Joël Vermin and Christoph Bertschy return from North America.

Because, alas, there is a lack of money wasted on dozen transfers. There is a very simple transfer recipe for building or maintaining a top team: don’t mess, but pad.

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